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University of Bolton signs partnership with Indian hospitals group as part of GM Mayoral trade mission

5th November 2019

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The Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Bolton signed an agreement with a leading Indian hospital group as part of a Greater Manchester Mayoral trade mission.

Dr Kondal Reddy Kandadi joined Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, who led the Manchester India Partnership’s 30-strong delegation on a nine-day trip which visited Bangladesh and India and resulted in a series of deals and partnerships.

The University of Bolton and Apollo Hospitals Group formalised an academic partnership to develop and deliver collaborative programmes in a wide range of health disciplines, such as Medical Leadership, Radiology and Emergency Medicine.

The University of Bolton already had a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in place with Apollo Hospitals Group, but took the relationship a step further by signing an agreement during the mission.

Dr Kandadi said: “For the university it is a fantastic global collaboration. It is specifically focused on skills shortages and workforce development in health disciplines – how we can enhance skills and fill the gaps in the UK and India by training world class professionals for tomorrow.

“We started our partnership in a few areas – medical leadership and health administration. We are going to progress into post-graduate training in areas like radiology, emergency medicine and endocrinology.”

Dr Srinvasa Rao Pulijala said: “I think it is a fantastic international partnership we are having with the University of Bolton. The objective of this partnership is to start an MBA in Healthcare Management. One of the things lacking in an MBA in India in Healthcare Management and Medical Leadership.

“There is a very limited research focus and I believe this programme would provide a strong research focus for the graduates. The Indian graduates will also get an exposure to global health systems and global public health systems.”

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said he was excited by the partnership: “We are pleased that the University of Bolton is signing this partnership with you. It seems like the relationship is developing and particularly now to focus on those skills shortage areas in the NHS. For us this brings huge benefits.”

The Mayor welcomed more than 50 business people to Deloitte’s fifth Diwali dinner on his return and revealed the potential economic impact of his inaugural trade mission to India.



The aim of the award-winning public-private Manchester India Partnership, which was established in 2018, is to build and strengthen bilateral ties in trade, investment, tourism, culture and education between India and Greater Manchester.

Other highlights from the visit included memorandums of understanding (MoUs) between University of Salford and Karnataka State Higher Education Council (Bangalore); Manchester Museum and the Partition Museum, Armritsar (Delhi); and MediaCityUK’s The Landing and Famous Studios (Mumbai).

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